Whew! Weigh day already--where does the time go? I feel like I've been on the go, go, go since last week was the first week back at school and I spent the weekend with family in the foothills. First, the work scene. Last week (and so far this week), I got up every weekday at 5 a.m. and made it to the gym. Some days were easier to get up than others, and by Friday I was really tired. The advantage though is that I don't have to hit the gym when I get home, which was perfect because I was super tired at the end of each day. However, the last two months of gym time must be paying off because I've lost 2% of my total body fat (a mere drop in the bucket) and two inches off each thigh. More importantly, I feel stronger. Though you can't really see it, I can feel the muscle in my arms.
This Saturday we went hiking with family. We visited a lake, which was crowded but beautiful, and I just really wanted to hike. I felt strong in my legs and mind. The lake hike was moderately difficult and was 4-5 miles. The tricky thing about it was that it was very rocky and was easy to step wrongly and jar your ankle. Nonetheless, I was really pushing the pace so that we averaged 28 minutes per mile. It's not that this is a great or incredible pace or anything, but I feel proud of myself because I knew I could do it and it felt good to exert my body that way. It was physical activity and fun. Imagine that. :)
On the downside, I didn't eat the way I should have this weekend, being over my calories on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Whew! It was a lot of extra calories! But I weighed in today at 204.0, which is minus 1.0 pound for the week. This is the third week in a row that I've had a loss and I'm feeling good. I've been a bit nervous leaving WW behind, but I'm really loving the calories approach. Hopefully my body'll keep up the progress!